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, in the citizens united era, we're moving dangerously close into a kind of corporate state mentality, where the corporations operate with impunity in the supreme court. and they're now endowed not with personhood rights, as some people think, but super personhood rights. because they have all kinds of protections that ordinary human beings don't have, like limited liability and perpetual life. and they continue to, you know, accrue wealth through the generations. but now they're given political free speech rights that people theoretically have. but of course, most american citizens don't have millions of dollars to spend in politics. but the corporations do. and it's, you know, a matter of chump change for them to put several million dollars into a campaign that could, you know, very much affect the direction of public policy. >> you live in new york, katrina, if you were explaining to another straphanger on a moving subway the impact on that person's life of citizens united, what would you tell her before the next stop? >> what's misunderstood is that money is not an abstraction. money wil
"first national bank of boston vs. bellotti," where he said, "the state need not permit its own creature to coume it." and yet, this court is saying that, "we must permit the creation of the state legislures to consume our politics." and so to me, the citizens united case is the emblem for the whole era we're in. we're living in the "citizens united era," i think. >> but before citizens united, wealthy people were funneling money into politics, corporations were forming political action committees. and ceos of those corporations were lavishing money on selected favored political candidates. >> absolutely right, the corporate voice was never missing. and that's something, y know, justice stevens has pointed out. he said, "there were many faults to american politics. but nobody thought that a lack or a dearth of corporate voices was among the vices." but there was still a radical change effectuated by the majority -- >> how so? radical? >> in citizens united. >> what do you mean? >> because before corporations could have issue ads. they could take out an ad in the "new york times" on somet
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